Do you have a pain in your tooth when you eat something sweet? When this occurs it may mean that you have a dental cavity. Whenever you experience any type of tooth pain, you should come in to see our dentist at our dental practice, Joseph Viana, DDS. At our dental practice, our Westchester general dentist will be able to examine your particular dental situation and let you know about the different treatment options that are available.
At our practice, our dentist, Dr. Joseph F. Viana, offers patients two different types of filling material options. If a cavity is in a place where it will show when you talk or smile, you will be a good candidate to get a tooth-colored composite filling. These types of fillings are very important because they make a dramatic difference, especially when there is a filling needed in a front tooth. Tooth-colored fillings are extremely aesthetically pleasing, because they in effect cannot be seen at all in the patient’s mouth. However, tooth-colored fillings are not always the best option, so our Westchester general dentist also offers traditional silver amalgam fillings.
Silver amalgam fillings are much stronger and are much better able to withstand vigorous chewing forces. For these reasons, our dentist may want to use a silver amalgam filling when there is a cavity on the flat chewing surfaces of a back molar. Our Westchester general dentist will give you a recommendation regarding which type of filling material he feels should be used; it is generally based on the size and location of the cavity. Sometimes patients have personal preferences, and our dentist will certainly make every effort to accommodate them. You may also want to check with your insurance company, as some companies will not pay extra for tooth-colored fillings. Tooth-colored fillings can cost more because they are more time-consuming to properly install. Another benefit of tooth-colored fillings, aside from being more aesthetically pleasing, is that our dentist generally needs to remove less tooth enamel in order to install it. Tooth-colored fillings actually are bonded to the patient’s tooth, and so will actually strengthen the tooth. So as you can see, there are many considerations that need to be taken into account as to which type of filling material to use. For an appointment to meet with our dentist regarding getting a dental checkup, or to have cavity treatment, contact us today.